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SANEDI and SOLTRAIN bring SANDF Bungalows back to life

The upgrading of hot water supplies to two bungalows at a South African National Defence Force (SANDF)base in Limpopo will add multiple, habitable residences to its property portfolio. The project is being overseen by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and is partially supported by the Solar Thermal Demonstration and Training Initiative (SOLTRAIN), which is funded by the Austrian Development Agency and co-funded by the Opec Fund for International Development.

The solar water heating (SWH) systems will reduce the use of electricity and/or backup diesel, where these bungalows have defunct hot water geysers, and enable the Defence Force to offer housing with functional hot water supplies for its members. A small-scale pumped system pilot project will entail the construction and operationalisation of two 1 500 litre SWH systems to provide hot water to two accommodation bungalows used to accommodate military medic members, approximately half of which are female.

“This project is not only about the installation of renewably heated hot water, but also about the training of plumbers
and artisans 
to such install solar water heating systems”, explains Dr Karen Surridge, manager of RECORD (Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development) at SANEDI. “This
is the first of several collaborative projects taking place between SANEDI and the Department of Defence(DoD), after the signing of a 5-year Memorandum of Agreement mid-2018. This project is partially supported through SOLTRAIN funding and being managed and implemented by SANEDI, thus cementing the interaction of SANEDI, the DoD and SOLTRAIN in the upcoming SOLTRAIN phase IV, commencing July 2019.